DAP's Lim Kit Siang has said that he will be raising the issue concerning the purchase of the Eurocopter helicopter for the RMAF in the up coming session of parliament. The official announcement for the said purchase was made by Pak Lah, immediately upon having taken over the Defence Ministry from Najib.
It was rumored that his (Pak Lah) son Kamarudin had a hand in the deal, and if that is proven to be true, Lim Kit Siang therefore has every reason to expose this selfish plot that smacks of nepotism and cronyism to all Malaysians. Pak Lah himself who had recently claimed that the reason why SAPP Yong Teck Lee had been critical of the BN was because he (Pak Lah) could not satisfy Yong's 'personal greed'.
Now, in the case of the Eurocopter, and assuming that son Kamarudin was indeed a party to the deal,can we not claim that Pak Lah is himself guilty of wanting to satisfy his very own personal greed, as well as the greed of his family member? The guilt will remain with Pak Lah, if he opts to remain silent, and with that, the accompanying stigma of him being corrupt.
The Ministry of Defence had over the years, spend millions on large equipment purchases which are brought in from overseas. Undoubtedly, there will be someone who will make it rich; some merely by acting as intermediary or agents, and others who are in the position of authority to approve.
Granting of profits and commissions, I am told are quite normal in any business transaction. However, what is unusual is the manner in which contracts are being awarded. This so-called 'direct negotiation' is so commonly practiced by a number of ministries, that one begins to suspect that there is the element of corrupt practices involved. Price murk-ups to such exorbitant levels has also been observed, merely to cater for the lust of some crocked and damningly corrupt government officials. The practice of awarding contracts by 'direct negotiation' is still rampant in some ministries, even at this very point of time.
By the way things are going, I do not believe that we can totally eradicate corruption, in our midst. And of late, I am particularly concern to see the increase in the number of senior government officials being caught for corruption and what is worse, they are all Malays of the Muslim faith. I am ashame....utterly ashame for my race and religion.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION